Best Quotes by Norman Mailer (Top 10)

  1. Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
  2. There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.
  3. You don't know a woman until you've met her in court.
  4. One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it; there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that.
  5. Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.
  6. The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one's passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste.
  7. I really am a pessimist. I've always felt that fascism is a more natural governmental condition than democracy. Democracy is a grace. It's something essentially splendid because it's not at all routine or automatic. Fascism goes back to our infancy and childhood, where we were always told how to live. We were told, Yes, you may do this; no, you may not do that. So the secret of fascism is that it has this appeal to people whose later lives are not satisfactory.
  8. Harsh words live in the dungeon of the heart
  9. Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.
  10. Bright was the light of my last martini on my moral horizon

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